Head Over Heels

by Tears For Fears

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Lyrics for Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears:

Verse 1: Roland Orzabal
I wanted to be with you alone
And talk about the weather
But traditions I can trace against the child in your face
Won't escape my attention
You keep your distance with a system of touch
And gentle persuasion
I'm lost in admiration - could I need you this much?
Oh, you're wasting my time
You're just, just, just wasting time

Chorus: Roland Orzabal
Something happens and I'm head over heels
I never find out till I'm head over heels
Something happens and I'm head over heels
Ah, don't take my heart, don't break my heart
Don't, don't, don't throw it away

Post-Chorus: Roland Orzabal
Throw it away
Throw it away

Verse 2: Roland Orzabal, Curt Smith
I made a fire, I’m watching it burn (yeah)
I thought of your future
With one foot in the past now just how long will it last?
No, no, no, have you no ambition?
(Mm, what's the matter with my...)
My mother and my brother’s used to breathing clean air
(Nothing ever changes when you’re acting your age)
And dreaming I’m a doctor
(Nothing gets done when you feel like a baby)
It’s hard to be a man when there’s a gun in your hand
(Nothing ever changes when you’re acting your age)
Oh, I feel so

Chorus: Roland Orzabal
Something happens and I'm head over heels
I never find out till I'm head over heels
Something happens and I'm head over heels
Ah, don't take my heart, don't break my heart
Don't, don't, don't throw it away

Bridge: Roland Orzabal
And this is my four leaf clover
I’m on the line, one open mind
This is my four leaf clover

Outro: Roland Orzabal
La la-la la la, la la-la la la
La la la-la la-la
La la-la la la, la la-la la la
La la la-la la-la
La la-la la la, la la-la la la
La la la-la la-la
La la-la la la, la la-la la la
La la la-la la-la
La la-la la la, la la-la la la
In my mind’s eye
La la la-la la-la
One little boy, one little man
La la-la la la, la la-la la la
Funny how time flies

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Song Facts

Another 80s hit from Tears for Fears, younger listeners may recognize the song from its choreographed inclusion in the 2001 cult classic Donnie Darko. Ryan Reed’s Guide to Progressive Pop celebrated the song’s lasting legacy as time has flown:

…some mainstream pop acts, including Tears for Fears, were brave enough to challenge their audiences with more experimental ideas. The falsetto-heavy “Head Over Heels,” a top three U.S. hit, is already full of muso touches: counterpoint backing vocals, wild synth eruptions and tumbling drum fills.

Speaking on his own work, Roland Orzabal described its meaning as such:

It is basically a romantic love song and one of the most simple tracks that Tears for Fears have ever recorded. It is a romance song that goes a bit perverse at the end.

The music video, lighter in tone compared to prior hit “Shout”, depicts Orzabal as a lovelorn hopeful vying for the attention of a librarian among a colorful cast of eclectic characters mostly depicted by bandmates Curt Smith, Ian Stanley, and Manny Elias.

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